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Selling War: The British Propaganda Campaign Against American "Neutrality" in World War II

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"British propaganda brought America to the brink of war, and left it to the Japanese and Hitler to finish the job." So concludes Nicholas Cull in this absorbing study of how the United States was transformed from isolationism to belligerence in the years before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

From the moment it realized that all was lost without American aid, the British Government employed a host of persuasive tactics to draw the United States to its rescue. Cull details propaganda activities, covering the entire range of the British effort. A fascinating story of how a foreign country provoked America's involvement in its greatest war, Selling War will appeal to all those interested in the modern cultural and political history of Britain and the United States.

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"Nicholas John Cull has made a major study of Britain's potent efforts to get a reluctant United States to fight." International Herald Tribune

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"[T]his is a sensible, thoughtful, and — in revealing the foibles of many key actors — an often amusing book." Kirkus Reviews

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"Cull writes with wit and zest about the efforts of Britons to help Roosevelt to bring the USA into the war....Based on careful research in many archives, this book provides a definitive account of important factors bearing on a decisive moment in world history." Angus Calder, author of The People's War and The Myth of the Blitz

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"British propaganda brought America to the brink of war, and left it to the Japanese and Hitler to finish the job." So concludes Nicholas Cull in this absorbing study of how the United States was transformed from isolationism to belligerence in the years before the attack on Pearl Harbor. From the moment it realized that all was lost without American aid, the British Government employed a host of persuasive tactics to draw the US to its rescue. With the help of talents as varied as those of matinee idol Leslie Howard, Oxford philosopher Isaiah Berlin and society photographer Cecil Beaton, no section of America remained untouched and no method--from Secret Service intrigue to the publication of horrifying pictures of Nazi atrocities--remained untried. The British sought and won the support of key journalists and broadcasters, including Edward R. Murrow, Dorothy Thompson and Walter Winchell; Hollywood film makers also played a willing part. Cull details these and other propaganda activities, covering the entire range of the British effort. A fascinating story of how a foreign country provoked America's involvement in its greatest war, Selling War will appeal to all those interested in the modern cultural and political history of Britain and the United States.

About the Author

Nicholas John Cull is Professor of American Studies at the University of Leicester.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195111507
Author:
Cull, Nicholas John
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Nicholas John
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Neutrality
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
History, World | British | 1900-1945
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 illus.
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.22x6.09x.71 in. 1.11 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195111507 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Nicholas John Cull has made a major study of Britain's potent efforts to get a reluctant United States to fight."
"Review" by , "[T]his is a sensible, thoughtful, and — in revealing the foibles of many key actors — an often amusing book."
"Review" by , "Cull writes with wit and zest about the efforts of Britons to help Roosevelt to bring the USA into the war....Based on careful research in many archives, this book provides a definitive account of important factors bearing on a decisive moment in world history."
"Synopsis" by , "British propaganda brought America to the brink of war, and left it to the Japanese and Hitler to finish the job." So concludes Nicholas Cull in this absorbing study of how the United States was transformed from isolationism to belligerence in the years before the attack on Pearl Harbor. From the moment it realized that all was lost without American aid, the British Government employed a host of persuasive tactics to draw the US to its rescue. With the help of talents as varied as those of matinee idol Leslie Howard, Oxford philosopher Isaiah Berlin and society photographer Cecil Beaton, no section of America remained untouched and no method--from Secret Service intrigue to the publication of horrifying pictures of Nazi atrocities--remained untried. The British sought and won the support of key journalists and broadcasters, including Edward R. Murrow, Dorothy Thompson and Walter Winchell; Hollywood film makers also played a willing part. Cull details these and other propaganda activities, covering the entire range of the British effort. A fascinating story of how a foreign country provoked America's involvement in its greatest war, Selling War will appeal to all those interested in the modern cultural and political history of Britain and the United States.
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